I have an existing deck that I am refurbishing. The deck is only 18" off the ground. The existing joists are in good shape. I would like to use shorter deck boards with abutted ends due to the length of the deck boards. The existing joists are long as well with supports running underneath them.
Instead of adding a full length sister joist I am wondering if two half sister joists with blocking in between is a viable alternative? The main reasons are that the longer sister joist would be a custom order at the lumber yard and more difficult to transport.
Below is a simplified drawing. I'm actually considering adding two pair of the half sister joists and blocking so the deck boards can be in a staggered pattern. That way there wouldn't be a seam down the middle.